Differences Among Personal, Common (Public), and Shared Folders in HiDrive

HiDrive uses the Personal, Common, and Shared items in the left menu bar to manage user access to HiDrive data. This article explains the differences among these options.


Only you, the logged-in user, have access to the files and folders below this menu item. To share anything contained here, it has to explicitly be made available to others with Right Click > Share.

Common (formerly "Public")

This menu item lists the objects that can be accessed by several people. Access permissions can be assigned separately for each folder and file. A folder share applies to all files in that folder. The article Using Shared Folders tells you about all of the management options.

Please note that the menu item Common was labeled as Public before July 2020.


Shared simply lists all the files and folders that you have shared with other people.